1 week vacation and i come home to monster chicks!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jsanders, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. jsanders

    jsanders In the Brooder

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    Unbelievable...they're twice as big. I have to get started on the coop tomorrow. I'm going to build an 8x8 lean to. 5 to 8 nesting boxes inside with outside access...i was going to do the ones that stick out about a foot but it looks like too much wasted space. a people door, window, pop door and removable wall for easy cleaning and perches.

    What am I forgetting?
     
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    It's amazing how fast the little beasties grow! Once they hit about 5 weeks the growth isn't nearly as noticeable.

    I'd do the pop-out boxes. It looks like wasted space now but you'll be glad you had the extra room, however miniscule.
     
  3. jsanders

    jsanders In the Brooder

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    by pop out boxes do you mean the ones that stick outside of the coop about a foot or so where you can lift the top?[​IMG]
     
  4. rhondapiper

    rhondapiper Songster

    I usually take care of the chicks because I have more time than my partner, but one day last week I was running late and having a rough morning, so I did not do the morning feeding and watering myself.

    When I came home in the afternoon, I was shocked by how much bigger they had gotten in just one day. It's really amazing.
     
  5. RendonRoo

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    I think they grow about 25% a day for the first 5 or 6 weeks. After that it takes a day or two to notice the growth. Just wish my kids would grow up and move out that fast. LOL.
     
  6. Chickn chick 46

    Chickn chick 46 Songster

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  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    We weighed our BA & BO daily for the first month. It was amazing: they put on about 10% of their body weight DAILY and tripled their weight in something like 2 weeks.

    ETA: I'd smack anyone who told me I ate like a bird.
     
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  8. Quote:Yeah, apparently peafowl eat more like a bird...we determined the appropriate saying should be "eats like a peacock."
     
  9. GAchick

    GAchick Songster

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    Quote:Yeah, apparently peafowl eat more like a bird...we determined the appropriate saying should be "eats like a peacock."

    No, 'eats like a bird' means 'eats like a pig'....
     
  10. quiltnchik

    quiltnchik Songster

    May 19, 2009
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    Quote:Just because they grow up, doesn't mean they move out! Ask me how I know! [​IMG]
     

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